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Paula Radcliffe’s advice to get through a rough patch in a marathon

The current world and Chicago Marathon course record holder shares her tips on how to get through the tough times in a marathon

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Paula Radcliffe helped vault the Chicago Marathon to what it has become today by setting the then-world record in 2002.

The 43-year-old is in Chicago this weekend for the race and was at the marathon expo on Friday, speaking as part of a panel that also included Great Britain’s Steve Jones, American Khalid Khannouchi and former world record holder Catherine Ndereba. The four, in addition to Deena Kastor, are race ambassadors this year and all have rich history at the Chicago Marathon.

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Canadian Running‘s web editor Sinead Mulhern captured video of Radcliffe’s advice in regards to having a mantra and mental strategy when the going gets tough. She says she used to count in her head to get through any rough patches. She adds that others sing or visualize all the training they put in to help get them through the difficult times in a race.


Watch Radcliffe set the world record and Chicago Marathon course record back in 2002, clocking 2:17:18. The current women’s world record, which Radcliffe holds, is 2:15:25.

Flashback to Radcliffe’s then-world record and current Chicago Marathon record in 2002